The Heat in SharePoint Semantics: March 9 to March 15
March 20, 2012
This week there has been more in the air than Saint Patty’s Day fever. SharePoint Semantics also delivered some well researched posts that are worth highlighting for search enthusiasts.
In “A Discussion on Evaluating Solutions for Your Business Problems,” readers are directed to an article by Jason Herman that defines the ubiquitous software term and problem solving process known as a “Solution.”
Writer Ken Toth quotes a segment of the article,
“Nothing new in this approach to problem-solving. Nothing revolutionary, just a simple, nuts-and-bolts approach that we can apply to our work on projects, tasks, and programs to keep us honest and make sure that we are actually solving real problems. Now ask yourself, am I delivering solutions? And if you are hiring vendors or consultants, are you getting tasks, deliverables, and programs—or are you getting solutions?”
In the realm of SharePoint user adoption, “Microsoft SharePoint User Adoption – SharePoint Joel Shares What Works.” the writer responds to an accusation that software tools fail to increase user adoption.
Joel Oleson responds:
“To me, it seems like a lot of SharePoint’s barriers to entry have to do with the complexity of performing what should be simple tasks. Third party tools can fill these tools and dramatically improve the user experience. When it comes to managing documents and document metadata, simplifying the user experience seems to me to be something that would really make a difference.”
In “Expanding Beyond Email to Spur Workplace Collaboration with Office 365” Toth shares a free whitepaper and related videos released by Innovate-e to help with project collaboration when working with Microsoft Office 365.
“The intended audience includes project teams that have been relying on email or other Microsoft Office tools to instigate collaboration. So if you haven’t yet implemented an enterprise project management platform, like Microsoft Project Server, you may want to check it out. Videos are also available that show how to integrate Microsoft Project information with SharePoint.”
When investing in software tools aimed to improve the SharePoint experience, it is important that users seek out the best educational tools to help them decide which solution is right for them. On option that can help make your search and navigation more user friendly is Smartlogic. The Semaphore Content Intelligence Platform provides compelling and intuitive content navigation and visualization for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2007.
Jasmine Ashton, March 20, 2012